Voices Of Youth

Get rid of gender stereotyping here

Mindsets on gender stereotyping are changing throughout most of the world, and Singapore should not be an exception (Poll: Taunts of 'girly' rampant among boys; July 12).

Students who were bullied for not conforming to their gender stereotype may carry it with them throughout their lives.

Some serious cases may result in depression or suicide.

We should be holding more talks about this issue, and even punishing those guilty of such discrimination.

We should treat everyone we meet with dignity, and respect their views, opinions and personalities, regardless of whether they are in line with their gender stereotype.

Children should be taught from a young age to be who they are and to cultivate their own unique strengths and personalities.

Discrimination is harmful if it causes doubt to run through our citizens.

We should try to foster closer bonds, with everyone being like family.

Jordan Loo Ming Zhou, 14, Secondary 3 student

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 13, 2017, with the headline 'Get rid of gender stereotyping here'. Print Edition | Subscribe